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Smoke-free university campus; the most frequently asked questions

30 November 2021

As of 1 August 2020, smoking is no longer allowed in and around Leiden University buildings. But how about it? Why is the university smoke-free? And what changed?

Why is the university a smoke-free environment?

Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited by law in all higher education institutions as of 1 August 2020. Smoking and second-hand smoke are the main sources of reduced health in the Netherlands. Leiden University believes in the importance of offering everyone a healthy learning and working environment. This goal is aligned with the ambitions of the university, which is part of the Healthy Universities network.

What is changed?

In practice, this means that you are no longer allowed to smoke on the university premises and that smoking facilities are removed. Signs and signage on the paving will remind you that the premises are smoke-free.

How do I quit smoking?

If you would like to quit smoking but need some help, go to smokefree.gov or contact your general practitioner.


Do you have questions? Please contact the servicedesk.

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